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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffVideo-Cellar Date: Oct 31, 2013 3:01pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: MIA?

The film itself is in the public domain. Kit Parker claims exclusive US rights to distribute the film as he owns the licence and/or copyright to the book the film was based on and the music contained in the film.

Being that the novel and the film differ quite a lot from each other and that the music was first published in the film and registered later (and is effectively a derivative work of the film in copyright terms), there are some failings in the logic. But this is essentially why the film isn't here any more.

http://kitparkerfilms.wordpress.com/tag/a-walk-in-the-sun/

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffpicfixer Date: Oct 31, 2013 3:37pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: MIA?

Thanks. Too bad.

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Poster: HektorT Date: Nov 22, 2013 4:19am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: MIA?

I think all the "facts" of lawsuits in that case predate Batjac vs Goodtimes which ruled that as much of the script that is published with the film fell into the public domain when the film did. Same with the music.

So he owns the film rights, but who cares? Because they were lost, IMHO. Of course probably nobody will think they can make enough money off it to challenge him in court, so he is most likely safe in claiming stuff.